90 Birthday Candles

Before I get started, did you all watch Timree on “The Real Housewives of Orange County” Tuesday night?  Wasn’t she fabulous?!?!  And she maintained her composure when Vickie (or as some might say, “Ickie”) was so rude regarding her name.  Yes, Vickie, Timree is a REAL name for a REAL lady!  Timree has been receiving emails from all over the country and she surpassed 1,000 likes on her Facebook page.  CONGRATULATIONS Timree!!!


It is not everyday that you know someone who has reached the milestone of 90 years old.  I have a great friend Gail, and her mom, Miss Irene, turned 90 years old last month.  In honor of her 9th decade, Gail and her family hosted a beautiful party in Irene’s honor.  It was my pleasure to help Gail style the room for the many friends and family members that had travelled from as far away as Scotland to attend.

Renee, Kevin, Bret, Irene~the birthday girl and Gail

The colors for the party were red, white and black.  About 100 people were expected to attend the party and we knew that the room was not big enough to try and have a seat for everyone.   One of my go to options for parties it to rent pub tables.  People can stand around them to eat and drink and they do not take as much floor space as a table with chairs would.

As many of you know, I do not believe that you have to spend a lot of money on decor to make a party fabulous.  Gail borrowed glass bowls and mirrors for the centerpieces and I purchased shredded black paper ($8  for 1 bag) and rosette balls ($2.95 each).  The artificial rose petals were donated by a florist friend of Gail’s.

Centerpieces for the tables. I turned the bowl filled with black shredded paper upside down onto the mirror.

Miss Irene has a big sweet tooth, so I just knew she had to have a candy dessert bar.  And who doesn’t love their name in glitter?  (Do you recognize the boards?  They are the same boards I used for Baby Girl’s Valentine party pennant.)

All of the jars were filled with red, pink, white and silver candy.

Gail made labels for these little cups for the candy bar.  They were the perfect size for the treats.  She found them at  Smart & Final.

And it surely would not be a birthday party without a cake and cupcakes! The piano theme was in honor of Irene’s lifelong passion for singing.

Gail’s friend Jill Pinson was the fabulous baker that made the cake and cupcakes. Can you believe she does this as a hobby? I would hire her anytime!

The cupcakes were absolutely GORGEOUS and delicious!

Irene has made picture collages for many years of family and friends. They were perfect for creating a personal touch to her party.  Everyone enjoyed looking back over the years of happy (and younger!) times together! I always try to use pictures at parties.  The guests feel special when they spot themselves in a picture at the party.  Plus, they are a great conversation starter if you happen to be hosting a group of people who may not know one another. Lastly, they are an inexpensive way to add high impact.

I just want to say “Thank You” to Gail, her family and most especially Miss Irene, for allowing me to help create a memorable 90th birthday party for her.  I can’t wait to plan her 100th!!!

HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY IRENE LILLY!!!  And may you have  many, many more!

The Beautiful Birthday Girl

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

Our Favorite Artist~ Timree!

Happy Tuesday!

I have been waiting for tonight all week.  Why, you ask?  I am going to admit that I watch “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo and tonight my most favorite artist and her studio are going to be “featured”!  That’s right ladies and gents!  Those “quirky” ladies from Orange County (as a local, I just absolutely REFUSE to say ‘the OC”) will be having a party on tonight’s episode at Timree’s cutest little Art Studio in Newport Beach, CA.

I would like to introduce the NEWLY(it just happened this past Saturday!) engaged


Timree Gold

Baby Girl just LOVES Miss Timree!

As you are probably aware (at least I hope you are!) Timree is the FANTASTIC artist that painted the mural in our playhouse.

Her studio is located at:

 Timree sells hand-painted canvas’, dishes, stationary, jewelry and much more!  But my most favorite thing that she does is art classes!  Timree was so sweet to invite Baby Girl and me to a Valentine class a couple of weeks ago. Come on in and join us…

Baby Girl ALWAYS stops on this step for a quick wish.

 Ok, who am I kidding, SO DO I!

How cute is this entrance?  You just know magical things are going to happen inside.




Ta Da!  Baby Girl’s finished canvas.


Baby Girl’s “Hot Chocolate & Cupcake” Valentine party

Don’t our pictures look great displayed?


Timree offers~  After school classes, Girl’s Night Out, Paint Parties, Private Lessons.  Timree is also offering Summer Camps go to: Paint Parties / Classes | Timree.

One of these days I am going to plan a Girl’s Night Out at Timree’s.  Who’s in?!?

Don’t forget to check “The Real Housewives of Orange County” tonight.  According to Timree all of the ladies behaved and there were no flipped tables or paint fights…

Until Next Time,

Butterscotch Lady

The Cutest Artist~Ever!

First I have an announcement~ My son has decided to be referred to here on my blog as “Buddy”.  Baby Girl could not say his name when she was a baby so she started calling him “Buddy” and it stuck.  I love that he chose a name that reminds me of when my kids were little and actually played with one another!

My husband is still undecided.  Personally, I am thinking “Cabana Boy”… :0)


This past Saturday Baby Girl and I were special guests at artist Timree Gold’s ADORABLE      art studio in Newport Beach. I have known Timree for years, actually I knew her when her  mom was pregnant with her!  Her mom Teddi was my Girl Scout Leader and our parents have been friends for nearly 35 years.  Our moms now “Do Lunch” with a group of ladies they have been friends with since my elementary school PTO days(Go Burke Bears!).

Timree comes from very talented parents.  Her dad Tom’s Christmas tree decorations were gorgeous. I still remember that during the Iran Hostage crisis, he wrapped and displayed a gift for each hostage in their front yard.  Teddi is amazing at throwing parties and her gifts are always wrapped beautifully!  I have to admit if I know she is coming to one of my parties, I feel just a little added pressure to impress!

If you have noticed the mural in pictures of our playhouse, Timree is the amazing artist that painted it.  In one day!!!

I loved that Timree painted a “little something” that represented what the kids loved at the time. Buddy loved (and still does!) Star Wars so he had to have his own light sabre. He was also reading the Harry Potter books so they are painted just to the right of Baby Girl’s purse. She was very much into the princess stage and “My Little Pony”.

I loved the look of the black & white floor tile (I laid it all by myself!), but the laminate flooring we laid last year is SO much easier to keep clean!

Look how little my kids were! Hard to believe Buddy is now taller than my Hubby and me.  And Baby Girl with that crown? I just want to scoop her up and nuzzle her neck…

Ta Da!!!


Timree is having the OC Housewives in her studio and will be on

The Real Housewives of Orange County” next Tuesday!!!

I got to hear some of the details Saturday


Come back next time and I will show you the pictures from Baby Girl’s and my art class with the Famous Timree Gold!

Until next time,

 Butterscotch Lady

{Leave a comment and let me know if you will be watching the Housewives on Tuesday. And don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone that you watch that show too!}

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